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This Season’s Hottest Styles & Trends

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This season’s customer favorites:

 

Bonmarche always strives to provide the perfect range of clothes for its customers every season, and this summer has been no exception. Judging on what customers have been buying, the theme this year has been to choose a mix of styles, including classic white, bright and bold colours and beautiful floral prints.

 

Everyone loves the sense of freedom that summer brings to the wardrobe. Whether you’re going to work or going to the beach, most summer outfits could be suitable for either venue! In the summertime, you don’t need a special occasion as an excuse to dress up in a lovely dress as long as the sun is shining. However, if you spend your days being active then there’s a whole range of shorts, cropped trousers and jeggings to choose from too. These can be paired with plain or patterned t-shirts or dressed up for a smarter occasion with an elegant blouse or shirt.

 

Summer sun is a perfect backdrop for the gorgeous floral prints in Bonmarche’s Eden Floral collection which includes some fabulous skirts and dresses. Skirts can be matched with some bold plain colour blouses and t-shirts. There’s also a nod to bohemian fashion with a great choice of maxi dresses – great for keeping cool and calm on hot sultry days. And for the evenings, there are plenty of cosy shrugs to choose from.

 

Whether you’re in town, in the country or by the seaside, nautical designs always look bright and cheerful for summer days, and Bonmarche has a wide selection of white cropped trousers which can be paired with blue and striped tops.

 

And, of course, Bonmarche has some fantastic accessories to finish off any outfit. Whatever you’ve decided to wear this summer, you’ll find the perfect finishing touches in the fabulous range of summer hats, shoes and bags at Bonmarche.

 

 

L’Oreal Paris’s Triple Resist for Fragile, Thinning Hair

Discover the benefits of strong, healthy hair from root to tip with new L’Oreal Paris’s Triple Resist Collection! If you suffer from fragile hair or thinning hair, then listen up because you are going to want to check out this new line of products…

L'OrealL’Oreal Paris’s Triple Resist line of products is a workout for your hair! It fortifies even the weakest, most breakage-prone hair and strengthens it. Usually people with thin hair are pre-disposed to weak and breakable hair, however all hair types are at risk. The new advanced hair care line from L’Oreal actually reduces hair fall due to breakage by 64% (in a brushing test that measures breakage vs. non-conditioning shampoo,) when using Triple Resist system of shampoo, conditioner and treatment together.

Now my hair is thin, but I have a TON OF IT. So each individual strand is thin and prone to breakage, but I have so much of it that it looks like I have ridiculously thick hair. Must be my Italian roots.

I clearly have enough hair for two people…

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So even though I wouldn’t miss losing about half of my hair, I still wouldn’t mind my hair being stronger since breakage makes it all uneven lengths and probably makes it look even thicker than it is. I haven’t been using this system for very long but I did notice a decrease in the amount of hair I found on the bottom of the tub after showering. I suspect that with regular use, this system will dramatically reduce the amount of fall out.

Sign-up for a chance to receive a free sample of Triple Resist shampoo and conditioner, and a coupon! (The first 500 sign-ups will receive a sample). Here’s the link: GET A FREE SAMPLE!

 

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Get instant results and lasting transformation with Advanced Haircare Triple Resist from L’Oreal Paris. The triple action power of the formulas with concentrated Arginine reinforces strands and helps hair resist breakage. Change the life of your hair.

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by L’Oreal Paris via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of L’Oreal Paris.

Press: Our Interview on ShopAtHome.com

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Check out interview with ShopAtHome.com!

Sarah-Jean Ballard, The Fashionable Housewife, lives up to the title. She is cool, funny and knows how to dress. Her blog proves that housewives and moms don’t have to don sweatpants and scrunchies, but can be fashionable and stylish without breaking the bank. Meet Sarah-Jean … – [Click here to read the rest!]

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My Mini Kitchen Makeover – Part 2


(If you missed Part 1, check it out here!)

I’m a motivated person and I always like to have several projects going at once. I can’t *NOT* have some kind of a project either in progress or at least on my mind to start in the near future. I’m too type-A to just sit back, relax and enjoy life. I have a NEED to always be planning, making lists and doing SOMETHING! My friends and family compare me to Monica (from the TV series Friends).

So of course, before I got close to finishing My Living Room Makeover, I needed to start another project.

Not only did I start re-painting my bathroom, quite randomly, but I started working on planning a Mini Kitchen Makeover.

We purchased this house three years ago and while the kitchen wasn’t horrible, it’s definitely not my dream kitchen. You can tell it hasn’t been updated since the 90′s and we all know, that’s just not a good look. I started by removing all the ugly gold/brass light fixtures and hardware. Then eventually, we got a new fridge. The kitchen isn’t ugly, but it’s definitely not… awesome.

See…

my kitchen

It’s boring and not very special (although I love my 50′s coffee tin sign.) The red counters are not my favorite although I’m not in a hurry to change them because they are really resilient and easy to clean. I also need to de-clutter a bit as you can see. Since we’ve been on a tight budget, we used stick-on linoleum tiles that look like real slate tiles to cover the hideous, disgusting, white tiles that were on the floor when we moved and in and thankfully our cheapo, one day of hard labor fix made a huge improvement to the kitchen and it looks great. For now… Honestly, I can’t wait till we can save up enough money to redo all our floors and put hardwood throughout the first floor of our house.

Meanwhile, I’m thinking it’s time for a new sink and a new faucet!

I want this one right here…


Delta Pilar Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Touch2O® Technology

Before I even bought this house, I knew what I wanted my kitchen to look like eventually. Whenever I saw a commercial for the Delta Faucets with Touch2O Technology, I knew I HAD to have one. It’s been a dream of mine to literally, design my kitchen around that gorgeous faucet. And well… I’m going to do it!

First, I started by pinning all the things I love on my Inspired Living board on Pinterest.

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Believe it or not, I’m Italian (my maiden name is Vitelli!) and I’ve always been inspired by Italy’s design style and elements. I feel that a warm, inviting, farmhouse style kitchen from the Tuscan hillsides is so appealing.

I also like the country farmhouse style kitchens, like this one below, and I’m hoping I can marry these two styles together in a way that will work for my home.

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I adore the bamboo shades, the curtains on only the bottom half of the window, the bronze faucet and fixtures, the pons and pans hanging over a rustic island, the word “Family” over the window, and so many other little details.

So I’ve gathered all the pins of things I love in my Inspired Living board on Pinterest so I can sort through everything when the times comes and really dig on this kitchen makeover. Meanwhile, I want to do a couple little things just to make it feel new and updated. I’m, of course, starting with the faucet!

Other Things I Want To Do ASAP:

  1. I want a new sink! Maybe one like this.
  2. Need a new hood over the stove. Ours is from the 80′s I think…
  3. Paint the kitchen cabinets white, like these beauties.
  4. Get rid of my Fat Chef’s and aim for a more Tuscan farmhouse styled kitchen
  5. I need a backsplash like this subway tile blacksplash. I currently have ugly checkered wallpaper that is peeling off… Gross!

Hopefully I will get a chance to do some of those before winter. I’ve been so inspired by that faucet that I can’t wait to roll my sleeves up and start working on my kitchen!

Are you ready to get up and get moving? What would you do to your kitchen? Would you design your kitchen around a statement making faucet like the one I picked out above?

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Delta Faucet Touch2O Technology for your kitchen and bathroom is precisely in tune with your every touch. Take the quiz to learn which faucet style best describes you at deltafaucet.com

Disclosure: We received compensation from Delta via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Delta.

Shop Old Navy’s Back to School Super Sale TODAY!


$10 and Under at the

Old Navy Back to School Sale!

ENDS TODAY!

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It’s time for back to school shopping whether you like it or not, but don’t worry, you can stay on budget and don’t have to break the bank this year. Your little fashionistas (and fashionable dudes) can look just as good as you without spending a ton! Head over to Old Navy TODAY to take advantage of their Back to School Sale with tons of styles for UNDER $10! Yes, you read that right. It’s not a typo! Tons of styles to mix and match, including jeans, pants, dresses and even uniforms FOR UNDER $10!

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Yes, TODAY is the last day that the in-store runway will be available, hence the last day you can enter the sweepstakes!!!! SO grab your kids and get going!!!!!!!!!

Now it’s time to share YOUR kids looking stylish in their Old Navy Back to School Clothes! Not only are they having an amazing back to school sale so your whole family will look good for less, but in doing do, if you visit an Old Navy store and take a picture of your kids on the Old Navy in-store runway, you can enter your pictures (via instagram or twitter) for a chance to appear on the Old Navy website or in the Multiply Your Style Sweet Sweepstakes!!! The runway set up in all US Old Navy retail locations is set up between 8/3 and 8/14 . Yes, today is your last day!

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So, why should you run to Old Navy TODAY?

  1. To take advantage of their huge $10 and Under sale!
  2. To take a photo of your child’s back to school look on the in-store runway for a chance to win in the Old Navy Multiply Your Style Sweepstakes!

The idea is, you go shopping in an Old Navy store, grab as many mix and match styles as possible and save tons of money with their $10 and Under Sale. Then, to have a little fun, take pics of your kids wearing their snazzy new outfits and submit photos of your kids (ages 6-12) rocking their favorite Old Navy Back to School looks! Your pictures could be featured on http://www.oldnavy.com/myONstyle

Pictures taken in the store should be shared via Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #MyONStyle (the site will be live from 7/31 to 8/15) to enter the Multiply Your Style Sweet Sweepstakes featuring Sam and Cat (stars of the Nickelodeon show!). The prize includes travel and hotel for four, a $1,000 Old Navy shopping spree with the stars of Sam & Cat, as well as $500 in spending money! Rules and details can be found here: ?http://www.Nick.com/OldNavy

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We went to Old Navy on Monday 8/12 to take pictures of my daughter on the in-store runway and sadly the store manager said she had just taken it down last night so we missed out! Harumph. Alas, we were able to use an empty display shelf to take some gorgeous shots of my little ham rocking her fashionista outfits!

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After she modeled all her outfits, she chose her favorites and we got a huge bag full of clothes for under $65! She was such a ham and all the employees in the store were laughing at her modeling and poses. She was definitely working the camera and they loved her. She even got to take home a bright red balloon!

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If you can’t make it to an Old Navy store today, all hope is not lost. Jump online and go to http://oldnavy.gap.com/ and grab some last minute deals!!! Cardholders get $15 off your purchase of $50 or more!

Old Navy wants to see your kids start the school year looking stylish at great prices. Visit your nearest Old Navy for a back to school sale between August 1st and August 14th with great fashion under $10. Take a picture of your kids in store and share using #MyONStyle for a chance to appear on the Old Navy website or enter the Multiply Your Style Sweet Sweepstakes! For Official Rules and details, go to www.Nick.com/OldNavy.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Old Navy. The opinions and text are all mine.

My Mini Kitchen Makeover – Part 1


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I know I’m not even finished with My Living Room Makeover yet, but I’m already starting to think about working on my kitchen before summer is over. I’m just so ambitious this year!

After looking at over 100 houses over 2 years, we finally found the perfect home for us in 2010. We purchased our first home and got the keys, literally 3 days after my son was born. We started moving in that day. This house was one of the first houses we looked at that didn’t need a major overhaul in the kitchen. Almost every other house we looked at that was within our budget, was ONLY within our budget because it needed the kitchen gutted. Or the kitchen had already been gutted and there was nothing but a bare room with plumbing. So needless to say, I was pretty happy that this kitchen was move-in ready. All I did was paint the walls and then moved everything in.

Over the last couple years, we’ve done little upgrades in the kitchen like changing the light fixtures from hideous brass and etched glass globes to bronze and frosted glass fixtures. We’ve also changed out the aged and discolored brass cabinets knobs with sleek bronze ones. Last December, I purchased a new Samsung 26 cu. ft. Side by Side Black Refrigerator to match our other black appliances in the kitchen. So slowly but surely, we’ve been making little upgrades and living with the things we aren’t super crazy about… like the faucet and kitchen sink.

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Our faucet and sink is ugly, old, out-dated and I hate it even more than I hate the burgundy laminate counter tops. Not only is it aesthetically unpleasing, it’s doesn’t function well at all. Last week, it started leaking again and it doesn’t seem to be taking well to our repair either. It’s also extremely hard to turn it for some reason. My husband has taken this stupid faucet apart at least 3 or 4 times since we’ve moved in trying to make it usable and it really is on it’s last leg… It’s time for a change!!!!

A while back, I heard about Delta Faucet Touch2O Technology and fell in love with the idea of being able to just tap the faucet to turn it on. What a genius invention! I’m sure someone who was a compulsive cleaner came up with the idea to help keep the faucet free from excessive finger prints, dirt, water, grime, etc. At least I think that’s the biggest bonus! Goes to show where my priorities are, right?

About Touch2O Technology:

With Touch2O Technology, a simple tap anywhere on the faucet spout, hub or handle activates the flow of water. An automatic shut off stops the flow after four minutes to prevent waste when water is not needed. Touch2O Technology relies on the science of capacitance to detect human touch.

Much like smart phones, ATM machines, tablets, computers and other devices that employ this type of touch technology, Delta Faucet Touch2O Technology is highly responsive and reliable. And unlike infrared sensors, outside factors such as lighting conditions, skin and clothing color and mirrors or reflections do not interfere with the sensing capability.

Automatic shut off after 4 minutes of running helps prevent water waste.

Yup, I’m sold. Sign me up! I need one of these babies in my kitchen, stat. But so many beautiful styles to choose from… which one would best fit the kitchen I wanted to create?

I decided to take the DELTA Inspired Living “What My Style?” Quiz to help determine which faucet I should go with. It asked multiple choice questions like which chandelier I liked best and what teapot would I choose. My results determined that my style is “Transitional”.

my style is transitional

The next test I took was the Find your Kitchen ID quiz. Five easy questions and they determined that my kitchen is a SHOWPIECE! Hahaha I wish. In an ideal world, my kitchen would be spotless and a showpiece, but my family members don’t allow me to keep it like that for more than 30 minutes. Then it’s back to looking… used. *sigh*

my kitchen is a showpiece

If you are considering upgrading your kitchen or bathroom, head over to the Delta Faucet website and check out their Inspired Living page to take the quizzes and get inspiration for your next big project.

I have an idea of what I want my kitchen to look like but I will have to spend a few hours on houzz and pinterest to add some more kitchen design ideas to my Inspired Living board on Pinterest. However, I was able to decide that I definitely want the Pilar Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Touch2O® Technology in Venetian® Bronze. It also comes in Artic Stainless, Chrome and Champagne Bronze™.

Pilar Faucet

Gorgeous, right? I can’t wait to start designing my whole kitchen around this sleek and stylish faucet! Now I just need to find a new sink to match and start thinking about countertops… Hmmmm….

I can’t wait to get my new Delta Touch2O Faucet to arrive so I can start my Mini Kitchen Makeover! Head over to the Delta Faucet website and check out the faucets and I guarantee you’ll be inspired to remodel your kitchen too!

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Delta Faucet Touch2O Technology for your kitchen and bathroom is precisely in tune with your every touch. Take the quiz to learn which faucet style best describes you at deltafaucet.com

Disclosure: We received compensation from Delta via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Delta.